1000 Simple Words

Burned forest in Crowsnest Pass, southwestern Alberta

This is an impromptu blog post as part of the discussion going on over at Highly Allochthonous. Researchers are using this easy online text editor to describe their research in 1000 common words. The editor will squawk when you use a word that’s ‘un’ common (e.g., snow (!)).

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Mountain Streams: Observing Differences

Colleague fishing in Crowsnest Pass.

People who spend a lot of time around streams and rivers – fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or just being – know how to ‘read’ these watercourses, whether it’s to find the best fishing holes or to pick the best line to run a set of rapids. Even just to find the perfect spot where the rush of water drowns out the noise of the world around you. I’ve spent a lot of time in the mountains, studying and observing stream systems and understanding how they interact with the landscape and biota. In this post we’ll look at the differences – and similarities – between two stream systems, and the clues we observe that help us define these differences.

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